After months – nay, a couple of years – of resisting it, I downloaded Snapchat two weeks ago. Actually, I downloaded Snapchat again, because around a year ago, I downloaded the app, out of curiosity and after approximately 10 seconds, I deleted its ass off my phone.
Me, opening Snapchat for the first time: “What do I do? I don’t understand. Where is everything? How do I do anything? Aahhhhh I’m clearly too old for this shiz.”
But, after a couple of friends told me they’d recently started using it, and how much fun it was (hi Katrina and Lori!) I decided to give it another go.
Me, opening Snapchat for the second time: “What do I do? I don’t understand. Where is everything? How do I do anything? Aahhhhh I’m clearly too old for this shiz.”
But actually, after a bit of playing around with it, and after watching some YouTube videos on how the flip it works, I’m actually starting to really love Snapchat. Hurrah! I’m not too old for it! Here are 7 reasons you’re not too old for Snapchat….
- It’s confusing to use, but not because you’re old. It’s a really non-intuitive design, with lots of icons and no real obvious user journey. I think it’s safe to say that everyone who uses Snapchat for the first time is UTTERLY confused. It’s not you, it’s them.
- There are loads of cool people (who aren’t teenagers) on there, to follow – some of my favourites are Ruth Crilly, Julia from Stylonylon, Eva from Poppy Loves and Kathryn from Kat Got The Cream.
- Once you’ve got to grips with it, it’s really fun. It’s more visual than Facebook and Twitter, and more relaxed than Instagram – you don’t have to worry too much about what you post because people will only click on your snaps if they’re interested, and they will delete themselves after 24 hours. Gone!
- You can pretend you’re down with the kids – putting emojis on snaps, scribbling all over them in lurid handwriting, using the crazy filters and using language like “Weekends be like…..”
- The 100million people worldwide who snap daily can’t ALL be young uns! In fact, over the last year in the US, Snapchat added 25-to-34-year-old users (103%) and older-than-35 users (84%) faster than 18-to-24-year-old users (56%), according to measurement firm Comscore. Ooh, stats.
- It’s another thing to waste time on and an excellent procrastination tool, if you have a work deadline looming or housework/life admin to do. Why renew your parking permit with the local council when you can mess around on Snapchat? Being a grown up can wait.
- Why should those damn kids have all the fun? According to Mashable, the moment parents start joining Snapchat, it’s the beginning of the end (which I think is a fair analysis – any trend I jump on is surely about to die) so I say let’s enjoy it and then run it into the ground.
So have I convinced you?
If so, follow me over on Snapchat! I’m iamalisonperry.
I downloaded it in February when I started blogging. I wanted to try and connect with other bloggers. Ten minutes later I too had deleted the strange looking app and had happily sauntered back over to good old Facebook.
It completely confused me! Whatsapp on the other hand was another app I downloaded that day and it has remained happily on my phone and is being used regularly 🙂
SO non-intuitive, it’s extremely annoying, but I love the relaxed nature of it.
I’ve only just got to grips with everything else, I surely can’t add snapchat to my repertoire…can I? X
I was put off at first too, because it really is very unintuitive. I also didn’t know who to follow as many of the people I follow on Twitter and Instagram don’t yet use it, but I’m really pleased to see more familiar faces heading over there recently. I love the fact that it’s much more immediate and unfiltered than Instagram. I think it’s about figuring out a way of making it work for you. I’m really enjoying playing around with it now.
I’ve finally got my head around it and am now loving it! It’s great how real it is compared to other social networks. After following other bloggers it feels like I’m actually getting to know them properly! I’ll follow you now – I’m ‘jenniedennehy’
I’m convinced to give it another go!
Ive literally just started using it in the last few days after feeling exactly the same way you did about it. I’m still just dabbling but I do love how much more instant it is than Instagram which long since lost it’s entire purpose. Shall be off to find you.